UNL Animal Science Department Appoints two New Student Ambassadors

May 21, 2013

LINCOLN, Neb. — The University of Nebraska-Lincoln animal science department appointed two new student ambassadors for the 2013-2014 academic year. 

After in-depth interviews with department faculty and senior ambassadors, two students were selected out of a pool of six applicants:

– Maci Lienemann of Princeton, a sophomore animal science major

– Levi McPhillips of Columbus, a junior animal science major

The two new ambassadors will serve alongside current second-year ambassadors:

– Ryan Grafel of Hastings, a senior animal science major

– Dustin Renken of Bertrand, a senior animal science major

The ambassadors will interact with prospective animal science students by visiting high schools and attending various UNL admissions events. In addition to attending and supporting university events, each ambassador will also take on the responsibility of planning one recruitment activity per year. One example is the animal science experience.

The animal science experience is an event where high school and transfer students visit UNL's East Campus for a day and see it through the eyes of a current college student. These students get an overview of the animal science department, participate in an actual animal science class, eat lunch at the Nebraska East Union dining hall and participate in fun activities such as a tour of Memorial Stadium.

"It's a good opportunity for them to get to East Campus and actually see what life is like here in the department and as a college student," said Alli Raymond, animal science admissions coordinator. "Through planning and participating in these activities, the student ambassadors benefit not only the university, but themselves as well."

The Animal Science Student Ambassador program, started in 1999, selects two animal science majors as ambassadors to promote the animal science program each year. Students receive a $2,000 scholarship ($500 each semester) and serve for two years supporting the animal science department's recruitment efforts.

For more information on the Animal Science Student Ambassador program, visit http://animalscience.unl.edu/anscambassadors. You also can friend them on Facebook (UNL Ani Sci Ambassadors) or follow them on Twitter (@UNL_AniSci) to stay up to date on upcoming events and deadlines.

Alli Raymond
Admissions Coordinator
Animal Science

Sandi Alswager Karstens
IANR News Service